Books, brews, barbecue and ham: a rundown of upcoming foodie events

This ham will be served up tonight at Corbett's. What Roscoe would give for a hunk of that. (via Facebook)
This ham will be served up tonight at Corbett’s. What Roscoe would give for a hunk of that. (via Facebook)

There’s a dog at my heels convinced that he needs a potty break, an empty suitcase that I need to fill in the next 24 hours and a boatload of news and information that I want to share.

You could say I’m in a bit of a tizzy.

This is going to be a down-and-dirty post. There’s so much happening in Louisville and in my own life that I have to do some USA Today-style bullets to give you a rundown of all the fabulous food events happening in town and a couple of updates from Ashlee Eats HQ.

So take a deep breath, and pray that my dog, Roscoe, can hold his composure until I finish this post.

  • I submitted the first chunk of my manuscript to my publisher, History Press, at the end of last week. Granted, it’s still pretty scrappy, and I have a lot of work ahead of me, but I was super excited to hit my first book milestone. I’l celebrate with a trip to Baltimore this Labor Day weekend with the Mister during which I will gorge myself on crab and Italian food.


  • OK, strike the gorge part of that last bullet. After getting some not-so-great results on a health screening, I’ve been cutting back on the cheeses and red meats, aka, everything that makes life worth living. Maybe it was diner research for the book that knocked my numbers a bit out of whack, but I’ve decided to eat healthier at home and (when possible) out and about. Check out my Pinterest board, Healthier Choices, to see what I’ve been cooking. I highly recommend the red curry lentils.


An un-glamorous shot of the curry lentils I whipped up.
An un-glamorous shot of the curry lentils I whipped up. They tasted better than they look.


Roscoe has fretted himself into a state of severe disappointment, so I’ll keep writing. Open up your calendar in a new tab, because I’m moving on to the food events.

  • Fellow Louisville food writer Steve Coomes has a book out with the same publisher with which I’m signed. To commemorate the release of Country Ham: A Southern Tradition of Hogs, Salt & Smoke, six high-profile Kentucky chefs are gathering tonight, Aug. 28, at Corbett’s: An American Place for a dinner inspired by country ham. Cost of the dinner is $95 per person and it includes wine and cocktail pairings with each course and a signed copy of the book (call Corbett’s at 502.327.5058 for reservations and hurry, because space is limited). Can’t swing the price tag? Buy the book and get inspired in your own kitchen.



Yes, this is a little bit of publishing nepotism, but I gotta support my fellow writers in the struggle to sell and hustle. And, they’re good guys and writers.

OK, Roscoe is officially dejected. He’s looking out of the window and contemplating my downfall. I have time for one more event listing:


  • The Home of the Innocents will host their annual Big Ol’ Backyard BBQ next Saturday, Sept. 6. This year’s theme is Luau Style, so I can only imagine the amount of savory, delicious pork that will be served up for a good cause. Chefs who will cook at the fundraising event include Fernando Martinez of Mussel and Burger Bar and Dean Corbett of aforementioned Corbett’s and Equus and Jack’s Lounge. Tickets are $50 (adults), $30 (seniors) and $20 (students 11-18). You can buy tickets by at or by calling 502.596.1025.




The dog has officially started yelping, so it’s time to take him out. And pack. And finish this book. But one thing at a time.

Bits and Pieces: Shaved ice trucks, brewery battles and other Kentucky food news from the web, 5.24.13


  • Lexington brewery West Sixth Brewing is being sued by the company that makes Magic Hat beer. Magic Hat says that West Sixth’s logo is just a little too similar to the logo for the company’s #9 beer. This has stirred up quite a mess, especially if anyone from Lexington is in your Facebook timeline. What do you think? (Business First of Lexington)
Photo courtesy of Business First of Lexington.


Photo courtesy of Snowie Shaved Ice's Facebook page.
Photo courtesy of Snowie Shaved Ice’s Facebook page.

Bits and pieces: Papa John’s, Dish on Market and other Louisville food news from the web, 9.24.12



  • Louisville Craft Beer Week, a celebration of Louisville’s beer scene, is going on right now. (Consuming Louisville)



Know of other food news in Louisville and the surrounding area? Leave a comment or send me an email at

$10 Challenge: Joe’s Older Than Dirt

The promise of cheap food close to my home was the only thing that could get me in Joe’s Older Than Dirt, a tavern in Lyndon.

Framed, autographed headshots of visiting country singers and a couple of deer heads filled a wood-paneled wall where I ate my dinner. A cornhole game was assembling in the expansive outdoor patio as I headed home. And there’s plenty of cheap beer on tap, which seemed to be the main attraction that brought patrons to Joe’s.

I don’t know much about country music (though I love me some Johnny Cash). I know less about cornhole. And I can name on one hand the beers I can tolerate.

Fortunately, stepping out of my comfort zone paid off. There’s a lot more to Joe’s than a few good drinks. This is a bar with hearty platters of food with prices that compliment the beer specials.

Joe’s has been around since 1937, when Joe Keal opened a tavern near what is now the corners of Lyndon Lane and New LaGrange Road, according to the information on Joe’s menu. His clientele was passengers from the nearby railway station that he sometimes picked up with a horse and buggy.

Times have changed, and so has Joe’s. The tavern was expanded over the years, so patrons can have a drink, watch some ESPN on several flatscreens and a projector, play a little cornhole outside or enjoy some karaoke or a live performer depending on the day of the week.

And then there’s the food — nothing fancy, and that’s OK.

Appetizers are designed to complement a cold beer, like nachos with beef chili ($7.95 for a large, $10.95 for a jumbo) or Joe’s Famous Cheesy Fries with bacon bits ($6.99). The hot sandwiches and platters come with a lot of food. Just look at some of these names: Big Bob’s Battered Belly Buster (a half pound white fish sandwich, $7.99); A Moose-of-a-Burger (a one-pound hamburger, $9.99); the Jumbo Fried Fish Platter (two pieces of cod, two crab cakes, two hushpuppies, fries and coleslaw, $14.99).

You have to pay at least $10.99 to feast on any of the platters, which come with more side dishes than just a sandwich. But all of the sandwiches come with chips and a pickle and are less than $10. On a weekday evening, a sandwich and chips were enough for me, so I ordered the half-pound Lodge Burger with cheese ($7.49) and a side of fried corn ($1.95). My husband ordered 10 chicken wings with a dry rub ($7.99) and an order of fries ($1.95).

Joe’s Lodge Burger.

The burger was a solid example what you can do with some beef and bread. The patty was juicy and covered with a thick slice of pepperjack cheese, my dairy product of choice. Call me crazy, but the best part of the Lodge Burger might have been the bun, which was buttered and toasted to a crisp brown. A little cooked fat kept the beef juice from turning the bread into a soggy mess.

As far as sides go, the kettle-cooked chips were nothing to write home about, but the corn was a dream. The kernels were fried in some kind of spicy sauce that kicked the back of my tongue after its sweet first impression. What a way to eat more vegetables.

Fortunately, The Mister believes that sharing is caring.

Joe’s chicken wings.

The dry rub gave Rob’s chicken wings a crisp, mesquite skin. The french fries were coated in a seasoning salt that made it hard for me to keep my hands away from his basket. Next time, I’ll opt for the fries instead of my kettle chips.

Even if you’re not much into country or cornhole, Joe’s Older Than Dirt is worth a visit. And take a few extra bucks for a beer to go with your meal.

Joe’s Older Than Dirt, 8131 New LaGrange Road, Louisville, Ky.

Lodge Burger: $7.49

Fried Corn: $1.95

Water: $0

Total: $9.44 (before tax)
Mission: Accomplished

Help The Paper celebrate its first birthday Saturday at Nach Bar

The Paper, a monthly publication all about our fair city for which I freelance, is turning one.

What better way to celebrate than a birthday party?

Head to the Nach Bar Saturday, Aug. 4 to celebrate The Paper’s first birthday.

Here’s the info:
Where: Nachbar – 969 Charles Street, 40204
When: Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Aug. 4
What’s going on: Grind Truck, Jamie’s 14K Cupcakes, prizes, takeaway bags, beer, live music, general merriment and good time having

I’ll be out of town for a wedding, so have a drink (or three) for me.